Gina Carano ‘Very Open’ to Returning to MMA
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In an interview with Fox Sports’ Damon Martin, actress, television personality and fitness model Gina Carano has expressed that she’s “very open” to returning to the MMA cage.
Carano commented, “I’ve never retired. I’ve never officially said that,” and added that, “For some reason a part of me has always kept it open. I don’t know, there’s a certain part of me that thinks if circumstances were right, and I could keep doing what I’m trying to make my future into, that’s an ideal world. If circumstances were right, you never know. I’m very open to it.”
Carano, 31, left the ring for an acting career 5 years ago, and has been featured in films including Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire alongside Channing Tatum, as well as Fast & Furious 6, which starred the late Paul Walker.
Here Carano beats up Tatum in a clip from “Haywire”:
UFC president Dana White has expressed enthusiasm at having Carano return to MMA, though Carano realizes that five years outside of the ring will have diminished her Muy Thai fighting skills. “I would definitely take something like that extremely seriously,” Carano said, adding, “I would dedicate myself to it, and need the time because you’re taking somebody who hasn’t fought in a while, that hasn’t been in the fight camp-type environment; and it would have to be done in a time where there would be enough time for me to get ready for that and be able to support myself during that time because that’s all I’d be doing is taking that seriously, and it would take me away from other projects or potential projects that I’ve been working this far in my life to get to.”
UFC fans are excited about a possible rematch between former Strikeforce champion Carano and current bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey. Carano said she’d return to the ring if the circumstances were right.
Carano recently filmed “In The Blood,” directed by John Stockell, which costars Luis Guzmán and Danny Trejo.
Here’s the trailer:
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